A compressor test facility
Swainson, Gustav F., Jr.
Padis, Alexander A.
Gern, Charles A.
Taylor, Edward S.
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The operation of gas turbine units over a long period of time had previously been restricted by failure of metals in service. However, with the increasing use of gas turbines on land and sea installations, it is necessary to know at what points the units must be torn down for overhaul. The design of turbines and combustion chambers are relatively insensitive to changes in efficiency due to fouling. The compressor, however, is quite sensitive and small changes in blade shapes effect large changes in efficiency. For this reason, it is necessary to study the effect of fouling on compressor blading. This fouling can come from several sources -- salt particles in the atmosphere over the sea, or dust particles over land. In order the study the effect of this fouling on a compressor, it was necessary that a compressor test facility be designed and built, and this thesis concerned itself with this project.
This thesis document was issued under the authority of another institution, not NPS. At the time it was written, a copy was added to the NPS Library collection for reasons not now known. It has been included in the digital archive for its historical value to NPS. Not believed to be a CIVINS (Civilian Institutions) title.
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